Adventures of a Mathematician / Edition 1

Adventures of a Mathematician / Edition 1

by S. M. Ulam, S.M. Ulam
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520071549

ISBN-13: 9780520071544

Pub. Date: 07/23/1991

Publisher: University of California Press


The autobiography of mathematician Stanislaw Ulam, one of the great scientific minds of the twentieth century, tells a story rich with amazingly prophetic speculations and peppered with lively anecdotes. As a member of the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1944 on, Ulam helped to precipitate some of the most dramatic changes of the postwar world. He was among

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The autobiography of mathematician Stanislaw Ulam, one of the great scientific minds of the twentieth century, tells a story rich with amazingly prophetic speculations and peppered with lively anecdotes. As a member of the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1944 on, Ulam helped to precipitate some of the most dramatic changes of the postwar world. He was among the first to use and advocate computers for scientific research, originated ideas for the nuclear propulsion of space vehicles, and made fundamental contributions to many of today's most challenging mathematical projects.

With his wide-ranging interests, Ulam never emphasized the importance of his contributions to the research that resulted in the hydrogen bomb. Now Daniel Hirsch and William Mathews reveal the true story of Ulam's pivotal role in the making of the "Super," in their historical introduction to this behind-the-scenes look at the minds and ideas that ushered in the nuclear age. An epilogue by Françoise Ulam and Jan Mycielski sheds new light on Ulam's character and mathematical originality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520071544
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/23/1991
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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